I am 43 years old and nine months ago i was completely wiped out by pain at the front of my tailbone that radiated back and front - to just above the bladder. I had flu like symptoms and crawled to the doctor who gave me antibiotics for a suspected UTI (although tests were negative). Since then i have had continuous pain in the same spot - it feels like an abcess inside which throbs and saps my energy. I can't sit/lie comfortably and have taken to swaying from side to side when standing for any length of time. Sometimes it feels like dragging, at the best of times it feels like a very light pins and needles and numbness in the area. On other occasions the GP has given me laxatives or painkillers. I have definitely noticed that it is worse from ovulation onwards. I have about a week pain free a month.
The whole time i have also had painful bowel movements and bad constipation - as if the nerves of the bowel are affected. I can't poo properly and feel pressure in that area as I if i alway need to go.
My periods have always been troublesome but have got so close together i bleed every 3 weeks (although not heavily) and two weeks out of 3 i have pain and unbelievable tiredness i can barely look after my family.
I had a scan and they saw 2 small fibroids in my womb and a 2cm x 2cm patch of "something" at the back and bottom outside of my uterus. The scan lady said it was almost certainly a fibroid as it was in the exact position of the pain and was resting on my bowel and back. However, the consultant said fibroids "don't cause pain" and it might be endometriosis as the "pouch of douglas" was tender.
I was so relieved that something was seen after so many months of pain and weird symptoms that i was grinning during the scan but the consultant was quite dismissive after and i felt deflated when i came out. Can anyone offer any advice or similar experience? I am having a laparoscopy next week and i am so worried that i am going to wake up and they are going to say that they don't know what my symptoms are caused by? Will they get rid of the endo if that is what it is or will i have to have a second operation? I am sorry to waffle, but my mind went blank and i came out with so many questions. I felt like i shouldnt be having these symptoms as the fibroids and endo were small, but I am so tiny myself maybe i have symptoms before things have got large - even the doctor said "oh there isnt much of you" maybe i just have a low pain threshold, in which case am i a wimp?????? What is an endometrioma and is it different from endometriosis - my ovaries are clear so i have no cysts there although have had PCOS in the past/ivf/miscarriage.
I am so confused. Can anyone offer any advice.